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Academic Advising FAQs


How many credits do I need to remain a full-time student
Students are required to be enrolled in at least 12 credits to remain full-time.
What happens if I drop to a part-time student?
If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he or she is considered a part-time student. This will affect a student’s status in housing, financial aid, health insurance, car insurance, and possibly delay graduation.
How many credits can I take in a semester?
It is recommended that students take around 15 – 16 credits per semester in order to graduate in four years. Students can take up to 19 credits per semester without being charged additional tuition and fees. If a student wishes to take more than 19 credits, he or she will need to receive permission the Vice President for Academics.
Do I have to take a writing placement test?
Placement into composition courses is based on your standardized test scores. If a student receives an English ACT score of 18 or a SAT Verbal score of 450, that student will be placed into ENGL 101 (Composition I).
What is the deadline to add a class?
Students may add classes through the Tuesday of the second week of school without restrictions. New students should meet with a first-year advisor to discuss their options.
What is the deadline to withdraw from a class?
Students can withdraw from any class without a grade being posted on their transcript during the first week of school. After Week 1, student have until the end of Week 10 to withdraw from any class and receive a W (withdraw). To withdraw, students should first meet with their professor(s) and their advisor to discuss their academic progress and to complete a withdraw form.
What does it mean if I am on academic probation?
Students are placed on probation if they are admitted on probation or receive less than a 2.0 semester grade point average. To be placed in good academic standing, a student must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
Can I be dismissed for poor grades?
Students can be dismissed for poor academic progress. Below is the dismissal policy:

  1. A first or second-year student is eligible for dismissal if he or she has a semester GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive terms or a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
  2. A junior or senior is eligible for dismissal if he or she has a one semester GPA average below 2.0 or a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
    1. A student with at least 60 credits at the beginning of the term is classified as a junior.
    2. A student with at least 90 credits at the beginning of the term is classified as a senior.

Requirements to Graduate

Do I have to take a foreign language?
Holy Cross College does not require a foreign language, but it is highly recommended.
How many credits do I need to graduate?
Students need to complete at least 120 credits for graduation.
What are electives?
Electives are courses that students can take outside of their major(s), minors(s), and the Core. It is recommended that electives be used to complete a second major and/or minor(s).
Where do I find information about majors and minors?
The list of majors and minors are located here.
How do I declare my major?
During the first-year, students and their advisor will discuss majors and career options that will best serve a student’s academic and career goals. During the second semester, a declaration form can be filled out with the first-year advisor to officially declare major(s) and minor(s).


How do I set up my course schedule as a new student?
Because new students are not familiar with all the policies and procedures for advising and registration, they will meet with a first-year academic advisor to set up their initial class schedule.
When does registration begin for the next semester?
Students should meet with their academic advisor the week after fall or spring break to discuss their academic plan and to register for the next semester.
What is a PIN?
Once an academic advisor and his or her advisee agree on an academic plan for the following semester, the advisor will provide the student with a PIN (personal identification number) so the student can go online and register for classes.
What is a prerequisite?
A prerequisite is a course that students are required to have completed before enrolling into a particular class.
What is the deadline to register for continuing students?
The deadline to register for spring and summer courses is November 30. The deadline to register for fall classes is April 30.
How much is the late registration fee?
The late registration fee is $250.
Can I take a class at the University of Notre Dame?
Students are allowed to take one course per semester at the University of Notre Dame if they are a sophomore, enrolled in at least 12 credits at Holy Cross College, and have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and receive permission from the Holy Cross College Registrar.
Can I take a class at Saint Mary’s College?
A full-time student at Holy Cross College may take one course per semester at Saint Mary College. A student must fill out a N.I.C.E. (Northern Indiana Consortium for Education) form when they meet with their academic advisor. In addition, students can also take a course at other participating N.I.C.E. institutions that include Bethel College, Goshen College, Indiana University at South Bend, Ivy Tech State College, and Purdue College of Technology at South Bend.


What is the Gateway program?
Gateway is a collaborative program between Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame. Students are selected by Notre Dame and attend Holy Cross College during their first year. If students in Gateway maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and do not receive a grade lower than a B in any of their courses, then they are guaranteed admission to Notre Dame as sophomores. Additional information about Gateway can be found here.
Who is the advisor for Gateway?
The academic advisor for Gateway is Mr. Brian Howard.

Gateway ND Class Request

First Name*

Last Name*


AP, IB, or SAT II Scores

Transfer credits that were not used to fulfill high school graduation requirements

To request an ND course, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the University of Notre Dame’s online Class Search
  • Research the available courses and list 4 classes that you are interested in taking. Most Gateway students will select the following options:
    ANTH 10109
    CHEM 10171
    ECON 10010
    PHIL 10100
    POLS 10100/10200/10202
    PSY 10000
    SOC 10033
    THEO 10001/10002


The University of Notre Dame will assign you a class based on availability, and the ND Registrar will send you the assigned class in August.

Any changes to the assigned ND class will only be made during the first day of classes.

SOAR – Summer Orientation for New Students

Welcome to Holy Cross College!

We are thrilled to welcome you to Holy Cross College! All new first year (freshmen) and transfer students are required to attend Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), which is a one-day, summer orientation session that takes place before classes begin. During SOAR you will learn about campus resources, tour residence halls, meet other new students, and register for fall semester classes. You are encouraged to bring at least one parent or guardian. We look forward to meeting you!


You may register for SOAR after submitting your enrollment deposit. To allow for one-on-one advising sessions, SOAR registration will close if capacity is reached. Early registration is recommended.

There are three available SOAR dates for summer 2019. Please register for one session:

Monday, June 10, 2019 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Registration Closed
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Registration Closed
Monday, June 24, 2019 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Registration Closed

Gateway SOAR registration


You will be assigned a detailed itinerary upon check-in. Your day will include the following topics and activities:

  • Finalizing financial aid requirements
  • Understanding your student account and billing
  • Health and counseling resources
  • Campus employment
  • Core curriculum and First Year Seminar overview
  • Fall semester course registration
  • Campus technology and HCC email accounts
  • Student ID photos
  • Campus security
  • Academic success tips
  • How to get engaged on campus
  • Residence Hall tours and housing applications

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for you and your guests

Before Attending SOAR

  1. Complete the Online Comprehensive Health Form
    The Online Comprehensive Health Form can be completed on your HCC Student Portal. More information about campus health and wellness resources can be found at If you have any questions, please contact Tom DeHorn, Director of Counseling and Health at
  2. Acquire Immunization Record
    You are required to present Holy Cross College with a copy of your immunization record. Please bring a copy with you to SOAR or send it electronically to Tom DeHorn at A list of all required immunizations can be found at
  3. Review Academics Programs
    Review the academic majors and minors Holy Cross offers to familiarize yourself with our programs. Come prepared to discuss academic, graduate school, and/or career goals so that we can build a curriculum that best meets your needs. If you are undecided or have several interests, you are in good company! Many students change majors or add minors after enrolling, and there is plenty of time to explore your interests before declaring a major—or two!
  4. Send Final Transcripts
    Please have a final high school transcript sent to Holy Cross College as soon as it becomes available. If possible, please have it sent prior to SOAR. Final transcripts show a graduation or completion date.
  5. Submit AP Scores and Transfer Credits
    If you have taken Advanced Placement exams, you may be eligible to earn Holy Cross credit prior to enrolling. Please have your AP test scores sent to Holy Cross College directly from the College Board. Adjustments to your fall semester schedule may be required for test scores that arrive after SOAR. If you are a transfer student, have completed previous college coursework, and/or have dual-enrollment credit, please have official college transcripts sent to Holy Cross College prior to SOAR if possible.

Map and Directions

Holy Cross College is located on Indiana State Road 933 across from the University of Notre Dame and next to Saint Mary’s College. Click here for travel suggestions.

You may park in the off-student parking lot (#2 on the campus map). Check-in will take place in the Vincent Atrium (#5 on the campus map).

Campus Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I cannot attend SOAR?
A. All new students are expected to attend SOAR. We hope you are able to find a session that works with your schedule. However, if you are unable to attend due to distance or an unavoidable conflict, you must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor after the last SOAR date in June. Please inform the Office of Admissions if you are unable to attend SOAR.

Q. Is there a SOAR registration fee?
A. A $125 orientation fee will be assessed to your fall semester bill on your student account to assist in covering the cost of SOAR in June and Welcome Weekend in August. This fee covers meals, refreshments, materials, and all other program-related costs.

Q. What should I expect at SOAR?
A. Students and guests will begin the day together, and then there is separate programming throughout the day. Students are divided into small groups led by SOAR leaders, who are current Holy Cross students. Throughout the day, students will have social activities with their fellow classmates, register for classes, get their student ID picture taken, and attend various campus resource sessions. Parents and guests will attend campus resource presentations led by faculty and staff and tour campus. A continental breakfast and lunch in Siegfried Dining Hall are provided.

Q. Are parents required to attend SOAR?
No, parents are not required to attend SOAR, but you are encouraged to bring at least one parent or guardian with you. Other guests (i.e. younger siblings, grandparents) are welcome to attend as well. Parents and other guests will have their own programming throughout the day.

Holy Cross College Information

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) has two components: The Math Center and The Writing Center.
The LRC works in conjunction with the faculty to provide individual and group tutorial services to personalize, fortify, and enhance scheduled classroom instruction in the disciplines of writing and mathematics.

Free drop-in tutoring is provided by peer tutors, faculty, and volunteers from the Holy Cross Community. Check the current schedule for availability of our tutors.

Math Center
The Math Center is located in the center of the faculty offices. Our services include drop-in tutoring and availability of videotapes and other math resources. Click here for the Math Center schedule.

Writing Center
The Writing Center is located in the center of the faculty offices. Consultants assist writers with pre-writing, writing, and revision of essays, term papers, college/job applications, and personal creative writing. Drop-in clients are always welcome, but preference will be given to those who have made an appointment. To make an appointment, visit our online scheduler. Please note that you can access the wait list by clicking on the clock to the left of the date on the online scheduler. Weekend sessions will be held in the Vincent Atrium.